Attitude, Growth/Maturity, Patience, Spiritual Warfare, Submission/Surrendering, Time Management, Trusting God

The Process of the Promise

This time every year all the members of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee get overly excited.  We anticipate the last weekend in August because we know that it is filled with powerful preaching and bountiful blessings.  To jump start the festivities, Bishop Walker declared the Friday evening service as “A Night of Miracles and Manifestation.”  The title of the event was enough for me to commit to attending weeks in advance. 

It seemed as if the enemy was attacking my time management skills more than usual on that Friday.  Each task that I set out to complete took longer than expected, thus causing a domino effect on my schedule.  Before I knew it, my designated departure time had come and gone and I hadn’t even made it home with my groceries yet.  Finally, thirty minutes before the service began, we headed out the door to begin the twenty minute drive to the church.

We were smooth sailing down the expressway until we approached the exit and were stuck in standstill traffic for an additional forty minutes.  As we inched our way along, a spirit inched into the vehicle with us.  All three of us were becoming aggravated at the idea of going through all of this for church!  Once we were able to turn off the ramp, the reality of going to a mega church hit us again…We had to run for a shuttle bus to get from the overflow parking lot to the building. Are you serious God? I don’t run unless I’m being chased!!  By then I was livid at the whole experience and I had not even made it to the doors of the church. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Five minutes into the service my mood was instantly changed. My hands were in the air and my voice shrieked with praises for God.  The entire time I couldn’t stay in my seat.  Everything that was said spoke life into every situation I had been battling.  By the end of the sermon, I had a firm understanding that things I pray for may not happen overnight but I must thank God that I am able to maintain.

Ladies, the devil wanted my patience to grow thin during the commute because there was a word that I needed to hear and I almost got cheated out of it.  The enemy’s schemes kept trying to convince me that I was wasting my time going because I was already late and the traffic seemed unbearable.   However, God knew the blessing that was in store for me and the process of getting there made it even more worth the while.  Just like life, I had to endure trials in order to reach my destiny!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for keeping me focused through the devil’s trickery.  Forgive me for complaining about the process because I understand that it is directly connected to the blessing.  Help me to clearly discern the enemy’s voice from Yours that I might always be walking in Your will.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I strongly recommend that we EMPOWER each other to embrace the process to reach the promise.  The blessing is right around the corner but are you willing to sit in traffic for it?  I did!  Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!  🙂

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

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8 thoughts on “The Process of the Promise”

  1. Great Tasha, I’ve experienced this to its fullest. A couple of months ago Pastor Hannah visited North Carolina to preach, I mean he was literally 10mi from my school. The devil fought me that entire day! I was close to not attending the service at all but fought my way there and the word was life changing! That devil is sneaky well atleast he think he is. Thank God that you grabbed everything God had for you that day! God Bless!

    1. Chaunte’, I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has recently faced this! The enemy was really trying me but I still came out on top. We have to remember that every time we turn around the enemy is lurking so we have to press on!

  2. Girl who told you that I was going through a process and I NEEDED to hear that I have to stick with it to get to the PROMISE! Alright GOD…Im listening….

    1. Yes ma’am!! Even though you maybe going through RIGHT now you have to praise Him for the ability to maintain. I have been unemployed for four months yet I have a praise that so LOUD everybody can feel it! Keep at it and the because the blessing is on the way.

  3. My favorite line: The blessing is right around the corner but are you willing to sit in traffic for it? I LOVE that! Reminds me of when Im waiting at a train crossing and then I finally get impatient and turn around to detour…in my rear view mirror I see the train ending. I wonder how many times Ive gotten tired of my breakthrough and turned around to go another way….and the blessing was right there. THIS is great. Thanks for a thought provoking word today!

  4. Thank you Tasha. I’m going through the process right now and no matter how discouraged, impatient and aggravated I get, you have encouraged me to keep going and even though the traffic is heavy my promise is waiting. Thank you God for my promise in advance!

    1. AMEN!!! That’s the key… just keep praising Him so that the enemy can’t creep in. The traffic may seem like a bit of a headache but the blessing is going to feel you with so much joy that it won’t even matter after while!

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